- Continental honours for Kimberley’s Fitzpatrick
- Harris home on a high after three victories on the trot
- Golden boy Hamman on the mend after surgery
- Hartley’s Dusi buildup gathers pace
- World’s top teams head for SA
- Sunshine Ladies Tour starts fourth season in January
- Weber wins SA’s final gold medal of African Champs
- Tough going in Tongyeong for SA’s Radford
- Double gold for Venter as SA medal count reaches 59
- Winning start for Ellis as Banyana beat Egypt
Chanel targets Melbourne
- Updated: December 22, 2011
Chanel Simmonds has made it through to the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open tournament in Melbourne next month.
The Kempton Park teenager, our second highest ranked women’s singles player, has had a busy year on the international circuit and wrapped up her year with some success in South America.
She won an ITF $25,000 tournament in Rosario, Argentina, beating American Julia Cohen in the final, and then wrapped up her year in another ITF tournament in Buenos Aires.
She won her first round match against the host nation’s Agustina Lepore in straight sets but fell to Norway’s Ulrikke Eikeri in the round of 16, going down 6-3 6-3.
But her success throughout the year saw her steadily rising up the rankings and she ended the year on a career-high listing of 186th and that’s good enough for the qualifying rounds of next year’s first Grand Slam tournament.
“After that tournament that I won, I lost second round in Argentina, then I withdrew from my final tournament I was going to play in Chile. To make qualifying of the Aussie Open I had to be 196, so once I reached 187 I wanted to go home,” Simmonds told Road to London 2012 on Thursday. “I leave around the 8th of January for Australian Open qualifying which starts on the 12th. So I’m getting ready for that right now.”
Our top ranked women’s singles player is Chani Scheepers, currently ranked 38th in the world.